From the Collection

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

An empty and damaged cardboard box, with two flaps folded inside, the others on top but with peeling paper tape, photographed against a plain white background. A yellow label on the short side reads "24 - 1LB Jars, Planters Peanut Butter, Manufactured by Planters Nut & Chocolate Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada

A staple of many childhoods in Canada, the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich is celebrated on April 2nd.   The humble peanut is a source of healthy fats and protein, but isn’t truly a nut at all, rather a legume related to peas and soybeans.   Modern peanut butter has a surprisingly Canadian history, being first patented in Montreal by Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884.  This box from our collection that once held Planters Peanut Butter jars (989.38.11) would be an ideal start to a stack of sandwiches. Don’t forget the milk!

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